Pedestrian Crossings

Zebra crossings and white crosswalk lines at traffic lights when the pedestrian phase is on green*, are the only two places where pedestrians have right of way. All other facilities like pedestrian refuge islands, speed humps, raised surfaces, paved bricks across the road are all traffic calming devices. Pedestrians could use these points to cross but they must give way to vehicles.

*Just like an amber light at traffic lights warn drivers to stop if they can safely, or to clear the intersection if they are waiting to turn, so does a flashing red man indicate that a pedestrian must clear the intersection and no other pedestrian may enter the roadway.

Pedestrians should make sure drivers have stopped for them before they enter the crossing. Making eye contact with approaching drivers as a way of communicating usually works. Some rules have recently changed. When a zebra crossing is divided into two parts by a center island, it is regarded as two separate crossings.

In practice it means that if a pedestrian enters the crossing on the opposite side of the road from the driver, the driver does not have to give way until the pedestrian is about to enter the crossing on the driver’s side.

When a driver has given way to a pedestrian on his/her side of the road and a pedestrian has passed the vehicle walking away towards the other side of the road, the driver may drive on.

For the safety of everyone do not just walk onto a crossing point and if you are not going to cross straight away, stand back from the crossing point so that drivers do not get confused and stop unnecessary.

Footpaths are there for pedestrians. A mobility scooter is a pedestrian aid and the same rules as for pedestrians apply. Drivers wanting to cross a footpath to exit or enter any premises, must give way to pedestrians on the footpath. Do not park or park partially on any footpath even where streets are narrow. It is not just illegal but it is very inconsiderate towards pedestrians, wheel chair- and mobility scooter users as well.

Safer Journeys!

Daniel Naudé

Road Safety Coordinator